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101  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Newt zingers on: July 15, 2016, 04:19:41 AM
http://www.subjectpolitics.com/top-5-newt-gingrich-debate-zingers/
102  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Libya on: July 15, 2016, 04:11:23 AM
http://www.investigativeproject.org/5501/a-final-footnote-on-gadhafi#

103  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Student faces expulsion on: July 15, 2016, 03:58:21 AM
http://heatst.com/culture-wars/university-student-who-criticized-black-lives-matter-faces-expulsion-death-threats/
104  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gay Billionaire amongst speakers at Rep convention on: July 15, 2016, 03:53:50 AM
http://heatst.com/politics/gay-billionaire-peter-thiel-convention/
105  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Baltic Dog's Fight Club, Dog Ryoga Vee on: July 15, 2016, 03:51:48 AM
http://www.forbes.com/sites/zarastone/2016/07/06/the-weird-and-wonderful-history-of-silicon-valley-fight-club/#68b2111540f7

Dog Ryoga Vee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K27Rb6-6VNw
106  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 15, 2016, 03:39:22 AM
No.  This was 1980.  I had thought I was Left because of my opposition to the Vietnam War and to my being sent there during the '60-70s but with my study of economics beginning in 1975 at U. of PA I realized that it was the Right that was about freedom.
107  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Dog Ryoga Vee on: July 15, 2016, 03:35:08 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K27Rb6-6VNw
108  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / For Nice, France on: July 14, 2016, 09:17:40 PM
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZkdRJqEVyg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6cJR9copFw
109  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Today's episode in the potty wars on: July 14, 2016, 06:55:30 PM
https://www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/davidmack/trans-woman-arrested-in-target
110  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: July 14, 2016, 06:49:41 PM
Was that a rant or interesting thought piece?   cheesy
111  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / New ties emerge between Clinton and mysterious Turkish Islamic cleric on: July 14, 2016, 06:44:42 PM
http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/13/new-ties-emerge-between-clinton-and-mysterious-islamic-cleric/
112  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Don't resist arrest and you won't be shot on: July 14, 2016, 09:49:48 AM
http://thefederalist.com/2016/07/11/if-you-dont-want-police-to-shoot-you-dont-resist-arrest/
113  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / AG Lynch blows off the law on: July 14, 2016, 09:38:36 AM
https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=J4eEp0u6Yck
114  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Distinct potential here for something going VERY seriously wrong. on: July 14, 2016, 09:28:44 AM
Imagine some SJW thugs starting shit and some of these people reacting , , ,

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/opinion/protesters-plan-to-be-armed-near-the-trump-convention.html?emc=edit_th_20160714&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=49641193
115  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / General Flynn's book on: July 14, 2016, 09:18:44 AM
https://www.amazon.com/Field-Fight-Global-Against-Radical/dp/1250106222/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468442317&sr=1-1&keywords=the+field+of+fight&linkCode=sl1&tag=newtorg-20&linkId=b570291988e305fb49692fc670166133
116  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Training Gap, not a skills gap on: July 14, 2016, 09:08:55 AM
http://manufacturingstories.com/how-solving-the-skills-gap-can-rebuild-the-middle-class/
117  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sowell reviews "The War on Cops" on: July 14, 2016, 03:14:36 AM
Thanks Doug.

================

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/437703/the-war-on-cops-racism-allegations-are-largely-non-factual?utm_source=NR&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=July13Sowell

118  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: July 14, 2016, 02:28:29 AM
That was pithy.
119  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Pre-emptive dhimmitude in Maryland on: July 14, 2016, 02:27:37 AM
http://teaching.msa.maryland.gov/000001/000000/000017/html/t17.html
120  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 14, 2016, 12:26:18 AM
I was at Columbia.  She was my Constitutional Law prof.  We did not like each other very much.
121  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Lincoln arrests Maryland legislature on: July 14, 2016, 12:25:22 AM
http://teaching.msa.maryland.gov/000001/000000/000017/html/t17.html
122  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Law Enforcement on: July 13, 2016, 08:47:50 PM
"Philando Castile has been pulled over at least 52 times in the last 14 years, issued 86 citations and assessed 6,588 in fines.  (This doesn't have anything to do with shooting him, but indicates he doesn't follow instructions well, like don't reach for your gun.)"

Citation?
123  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Who was the bailiff/sheriff who gave up the gun? on: July 13, 2016, 02:17:11 PM
Saw reports of two bailiffs being shot (to death) with a gun taken off another bailiff or sheriff.  The way the reports were worded left me wondering if they were covering up that the officer who gave up the gun was a small female.  This would not be the time that such was the case.
124  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US-China (& Japan, South China Sea-- Vietnam, Philippines, etc) on: July 13, 2016, 01:04:37 PM
 evil evil evil
125  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / the Clintons' Casa Grande criminal conspiracy back in the '90s on: July 13, 2016, 12:41:30 PM
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/07/david-kendalls-deceitful-whitewater-op-ed.php
126  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / the Clintons' Casa Grande criminal conspiracy back in the 90s on: July 13, 2016, 12:41:05 PM
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/07/david-kendalls-deceitful-whitewater-op-ed.php
127  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / GW Bush at the Dallas Service on: July 12, 2016, 11:44:25 PM
http://qpolitical.com/george-w-bush-pure-class-speech-fallen-officers/

Thank you all. Thank you, Senator. I, too, am really pleased that President Obama and Mrs. Obama have come down to Dallas. I also want to welcome Vice President, Mrs. Biden, Mr. Mayor, Chief Brown, elected officials, members of the law enforcement community. Today, the nation grieves, but those of us who love Dallas and call it home have had five deaths in the family. Laura and I see members of law enforcement every day. We count them as our friends. And we know, like for every other American, that their courage is our protection and shield.

We’re proud [of] the men we mourn and the community that has rallied to honor them and support the wounded. Our mayor, and police chief and our police departments have been mighty inspirations for the rest of the nation.

These slain officers were the best among us. Lorne Ahrens, beloved husband to detective Katrina Ahrens and father of two. Michael Krol, caring son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. Michael Smith, U.S. Army veteran, devoted husband and father of two. Brent Thompson, Marine Corps vet, recently married. Patrick Zamarippa, U.S. Navy Reserve combat veteran, proud father and loyal Texas Rangers fan.

With their deaths, we have lost so much. We are grief-stricken, heartbroken and forever grateful. Every officer has accepted a calling that sets them apart. Most of us imagine if the moment called for, that we would risk our lives to protect a spouse or a child. Those wearing the uniform assume that risk for the safety of strangers. They and their families share the unspoken knowledge that each new day can bring new dangers.

But none of us were prepared, or could be prepared, for an ambush by hatred and malice. The shock of this evil still has not faded. At times, it seems like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates too quickly into de-humanization.

Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions. And this is…
And this has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose. But Americans, I think, have a great advantage. To renew our unity, we only need to remember our values.
We have never been held together by blood or background. We are bound by things of the spirit, by shared commitments to common ideals.

At our best, we practice empathy, imagining ourselves in the lives and circumstances of others. This is the bridge across our nation’s deepest divisions. And it is not merely a matter of tolerance, but of learning from the struggles and stories of our fellow citizens and finding our better selves in the process.

At our best, we honor the image of God we see in one another. We recognize that we are brothers and sisters, sharing the same brief moment on Earth and owing each other the loyalty of our shared humanity. At our best, we know we have one country, one future, one destiny. We do not want the unity of grief, nor do we want the unity of fear. We want the unity of hope, affection and high purpose.

We know that the kind of just, humane country we want to build, that we have seen in our best dreams, is made possible when men and women in uniform stand guard. At their best, when they’re trained and trusted and accountable, they free us from fear.

The Apostle Paul said, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of strength and love and self-control.” Those are the best responses to fear in the life of our country and they’re the code of the peace officer.

Today, all of us feel a sense of loss, but not equally. I’d like to conclude with the word of the families, the spouses, and especially the children of the fallen. Your loved one’s time with you was too short. They did not get a chance to properly say goodbye. But they went where duty called. They defended us, even to the end. They finished well. We will not forget what they did for us.

Your loss is unfair. We cannot explain it. We can stand beside you and share your grief. And we can pray that God will comfort you with a hope deeper than sorrow and stronger than death.

May God bless you.”
128  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Forgiveness on: July 12, 2016, 07:05:28 PM
https://www.facebook.com/Ccippo/videos/1008091645942244/
129  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Most health care co-ops have gone under on: July 12, 2016, 03:24:12 PM
http://freebeacon.com/issues/most-obamacare-coops-have-now-failed/
130  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cong. Trey Gowdy's cross of AG Lynch on: July 12, 2016, 02:32:44 PM


https://www.facebook.com/RepTreyGowdy/videos/vb.143059759084016/1174516615938320/?type=2&theater
131  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trey Gowdy cuts off sanctimonious windbag at the knees on: July 12, 2016, 02:00:15 PM
https://plus.google.com/+MatHelm/posts/ijjmfGGSJ67
132  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Fuk Beyonce on: July 12, 2016, 01:53:37 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oahkGuG09SE&feature=youtu.be
133  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / International Law Court rules against China; China says FY on: July 12, 2016, 11:28:44 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/world/asia/south-china-sea-hague-ruling-philippines.html?emc=edit_na_20160712&nlid=49641193&ref=cta&_r=0
134  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / International Law Court rules against China; China says FY on: July 12, 2016, 11:28:19 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/world/asia/south-china-sea-hague-ruling-philippines.html?emc=edit_na_20160712&nlid=49641193&ref=cta&_r=0
135  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / My Constitutional Law Prof at it again on: July 11, 2016, 03:36:06 PM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/07/11/the-notorious-rbg-gives-a-potentially-notorious-interview-with-the-new-york-times/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed


The Notorious RBG gives a potentially notorious interview with the New York Times – UPDATED
By Jonathan H. Adler July 11 at 10:08 AM

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Last week, I noted comments Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave to Mark Sherman of the Associated Press about the pending election and its potential influence on the Court.  The broader interview was unusually candid for a sitting Supreme Court justice, but it was just a hint of what was to come.

Yesterday, the New York Times published another interview with Justice Ginsburg. The article, by Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak, is nothing short of astounding.

In the Liptak interview, Justice Ginsburg reiterates and magnifies her concerns about a Trump presidency, and makes several other comments about cases and issues that are quite uncharacteristic of a sitting Supreme Court justice.

On Trump:

    “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” she said. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”

    It reminded her of something her husband, Martin D. Ginsburg, a prominent tax lawyer who died in 2010, would have said.

    “‘Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand,’” Justice Ginsburg said, smiling ruefully.

For the record, I share many of her concerns about Trump, and will not support him for President under any circumstances, but these comments seem quite inappropriate for a sitting member of the federal judiciary.

I clerked on a federal appellate court in an election year, and the judge for which I clerked would not even attend a post-election party due to the appearance such conduct would give (despite having been active in partisan politics before joining the bench). In the unlikely (and horrifying) event of Bush-v.-Gore-like election litigation, I do not see how Justice Ginsburg could refuse to recuse after these sorts of comments.

Justice Ginsburg’s comments on the election were striking, but they were not the only thing remarkable about the interview. She held forth on many issues, including some faced by federal courts.

On U.S. v. Texas, in which the Court deadlocked on the lawfulness of the Obama Administration’s immigration reforms, she said:

    “Think what would have happened had Justice Scalia remained with us,” she said. Instead of a single sentence announcing the tie, she suggested, a five-justice majority would have issued a precedent-setting decision dealing a lasting setback to Mr. Obama and the immigrants he had tried to protect.

    Justice Ginsburg noted that the case was in an early stage and could return to the Supreme Court. “By the time it gets back here, there will be nine justices,” she said.

    She also assessed whether the court might have considered a narrow ruling rejecting the suit, brought by Texas and 25 other states, on the ground that they had not suffered the sort of direct and concrete injury that gave them standing to sue. Some of the chief justice’s writingssuggested that he might have found the argument attractive.

    “That would have been hard for me,” Justice Ginsburg said, “because I’ve been less rigid than some of my colleagues on questions of standing. There was a good argument to be made, but I would not have bought that argument because of the damage it could do” in other cases.

Justice Ginsburg also identified Citizens United as the one case she’d like to see overturned. She also said Heller was a “very bad decision.” As originally posted, the story reported that Justice Ginsburg added “that a chance to reconsider it could arise whenever the court considers a challenge to a gun control law.” For whatever reason, that line was removed and no longer appears in the online version of the article. [UPDATE: The missing language on Heller has now been restored to the article.]

UPDATE: It appears that this is the second time within the past week that comments from an interview with Justice Ginsburg as originally published were later removed. The other example, caught by Rick Hasen, is here.
136  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump surprises on: July 11, 2016, 03:12:52 PM
http://townhall.com/columnists/lizcrokin/2016/07/10/trump-does-the-unthinkable-n2190160?utm_content=bufferd928a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
137  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Another Lurker here: The case for Kurdish statehood on: July 11, 2016, 02:22:14 PM
Looks like someone has been reading my posts!

http://www.investigativeproject.org/5500/the-case-for-kurdish-statehood
138  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Black LEO speaks on: July 11, 2016, 02:05:34 PM
http://www.bizpacreview.com/2016/07/10/riveting-post-by-black-police-officer-confronts-blm-with-raw-honesty-and-every-american-needs-to-see-it-363067
139  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Merkel: Who could have seen this coming? on: July 11, 2016, 01:57:29 PM
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0ZR1AH
140  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Canadian Clinton Foundation on: July 11, 2016, 01:31:39 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/11/clinton-charity-spends-nearly-80-percent-administrative-costs/

IIRC this was the conduit for the deal wherein Hillary sold out 20% of US uranium supplies to Russian interests.

Also IIRC the US Clinton Foundation has an overhead of over 90%.

141  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Wesbury: How many apps has the Fed written? on: July 11, 2016, 11:47:28 AM
Ignore the Central Banks To view this article, Click Here
Brian S. Wesbury, Chief Economist
Robert Stein, Deputy Chief Economist
Date: 7/11/2016

How many times does Chicken Little have to wrongly squawk before investors get it? Yes, payrolls increased just 38,000 in May, and yes, British voters opted for political independence from the European Union. And, yes, Stock markets swooned. But, they will likely hit new highs this week. Just another head fake, brought to you by the bad news bears.

The financial press doesn't help. They jump on any, and every, story-line that can be spun negatively, even if they can't really explain it. And, the Fed seems just as jumpy as the press. Before the May jobs report (released June 3rd), most thought the Fed would hike rates by July. But after the May jobs data, and even though Janet Yellen went out of her way to emphasize that the Fed doesn't put too much weight on any one economic report, the market knew a July rate hike was off.

Some are spinning the July 287,000 jobs report as a "relief" to the Fed, but this only makes sense if somehow the Fed were thinking of cutting rates, but chose to ignore the weaker than expected May jobs data thinking things would get better. In other words, the Fed's indecision and wobbly-knees are creating uncertainty and an environment of fear.

We think it's time to start ignoring central banks. The pretense of global central banks the past several years is that without their decisive action, the crisis of 2008-09 would have turned into a global depression. All it took was a combination of massive quantitative easing, zero percent rates, and now negative interest rates to prop up growth.

This, we think, is nonsense. Quantitative easing just piled banks a mile high with reserves that they didn't lend. And, if QE really did create economic growth, it would have also generated higher inflation and a weaker dollar, but inflation remains low by historical standards and the dollar isn't weak.

The same goes for negative rates. Central banks have always thought lower short-term rates create more stimulus. So, what's to stop them from going the next step and believing that negative rates must be even better! What this theory misses is that negative rates are, in effect, a tax on the financial system, which is supposed to be the conveyor belt for monetary policy. That's why countries adopting negative rates haven't yet generated the economic improvement those rates are supposed to yield. Quit waiting, it's not going to happen. In fact, negative interest rates lead to slower money growth.

But, it's not central banks that create wealth, it's entrepreneurial vigor – new ideas that make consumers' lives better, and engineering improvements that are freeing the US from unstable foreign energy supplies. Government spending and regulation stifle growth, and for the most part that's been getting worse in recent years. But, guess what? In some ways, things are getting better. For example, American oil producers are exporting crude oil for the first time since the 1970s.

The Fed has never written an App. It may use the Cloud, but it didn't build it. Remember this the next time the financial press obsesses about the next move, or lack thereof, by the Fed, the European Central Bank, Bank of England, or Bank of Japan. It hardly matters at all. And, besides, it's time wasted that's better spent analyzing companies. That's what "investors" do.
142  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Marine who sent email to keep his buddies in Helmland safe punished on: July 11, 2016, 11:43:51 AM



http://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2016/07/09/marine-who-sent-one-classified-email-got-much-worse-punishment-than-hillary-n2189202
143  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Discussion of "13 Hours" on: July 11, 2016, 11:33:46 AM
This clip comes recommended to me by an American hero of formidable background:

http://unconstrainedanalytics.org/review-of-movie-13-hours-secret-soldiers-of-benghazi/
144  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sonnie Johnson on: July 11, 2016, 11:17:10 AM
As usual Sowell nails it. 

In a related vein, , ,

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/10/sonnie-johnson-progressivism/
145  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / AIPAC on: July 11, 2016, 11:07:27 AM
http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/207251/the-end-of-aipacs-israel-monopoly?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=22373608fc-July_11_20167_11_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-22373608fc-207194629
146  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / CO bill to punish officers who try to stop citizens from recording. on: July 11, 2016, 10:01:07 AM
http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/02/colorado-to-fine-cops-15000-every-time-they-try-to-stop-you-from-recording-them/
147  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / More on Flynn on: July 11, 2016, 02:07:51 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/07/09/the-military-fired-me-for-calling-our-enemies-radical-jihadis/
148  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / DWS served class action suit for rigging primaries on: July 11, 2016, 01:44:41 AM
http://observer.com/2016/06/debbie-wasserman-schultz-served-class-action-lawsuit-for-rigging-primaries/
149  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / One more CA anti-gun bill on: July 11, 2016, 01:28:31 AM
https://www.firearmspolicy.org/alerts/act-now-governor-brown-still-has-one-anti-gun-bill-left-to-sign-or-veto/?mc_cid=6886534cbe&mc_eid=c42be3e26b
150  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama's Biggest Failure on: July 11, 2016, 01:23:27 AM
http://www.city-journal.org/html/obamas-biggest-failure-14638.html



EYE ON THE NEWS
Obama’s Biggest Failure
The president has substantially set back race relations in the United States.
Steven Malanga
July 9, 2016

Politics and law

When the country elected Barack Obama president in 2008, those of us who disagreed with many of his policy ideas were nonetheless consoled by the fact that his victory illustrated that America had moved well beyond institutional racism. Certainly the fact that Obama had succeeded in both a hard-fought Democratic primary and a general election meant that the country was ready to move past the intense focus on race in our national politics. Boy, were we wrong! Rather than seeing his own victory as a significant advance in American social life, Obama and those he appointed to his administration vigorously put forward the idea that America remains a deeply racist country, and they have redefined racism in the broadest terms possible. It’s not a coincidence, then, that more than seven years into the administration of the nation’s first black president, Americans are more deeply divided on race then they have been in decades. Their own president has fostered the divide.

Several Obama administration initiatives have distorted the national conversation on race. In 2010, for instance, the administration’s education and justice departments launched investigations against school districts around the country for disciplining black students more often, proportionately, than students of other races. A Department of Education study observed that black students were three and a half times more likely to be disciplined. The study alleged that, “everyday educational experience for many students of color violates the principle of equity.” In making its charges, the department ignored compelling data showing that black students were more likely to misbehave in and around school—including crime statistics revealing that blacks were 25 times more likely than their white counterparts to be arrested at schools for serious offenses like battery.

Similarly, the administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, through a policy known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, now is essentially charging wealthier suburban communities like those in Westchester County, New York, with housing discrimination if their populations are not diverse enough for the administration’s taste. Under the new rules, the federal government no longer must prove that these communities are actively engaging in racial discrimination in order to compel them to cast aside local zoning rules and build housing that would attract low-income residents. The mere fact that a town’s population is not diverse suffices for the Obama administration to demand that the community make efforts to transform itself. “HUD’s power grab is based on the mistaken belief that zoning and discrimination are the same,” Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino wrote in 2013.

What’s particularly ironic about this implication of racism in Westchester’s case is that the county voted by nearly a two-to-one margin for Obama in 2012.
The president himself has sadly made significant contributions to the notion that America remains deeply racist with his consistent attacks on the police, even in cases where officers’ actions against black perpetrators have subsequently been demonstrated to have been justified. “Too many young men of color,” the president said in November of 2014, “feel targeted by law enforcement, guilty of walking while black, or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness. We know that, statistically, in everything from enforcing drug policy to applying the death penalty to pulling people over, there are significant racial disparities.” Later, he added that, “Communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. . . . These are real issues.” But the president has launched the charges while ignoring significant facts. As Heather Mac Donald has observed, more than 6,000 blacks die of homicides yearly, the overwhelming majority of which are committed by other blacks in minority neighborhoods. The police are more likely to patrol these neighborhoods because that’s where the crime is. And as the Dallas killings sadly illustrate, cops are far more likely to die at the hands of black perpetrators than black men are to be killed by cops. About 40 percent of all cop killings, in fact, are committed by black males. Data also reveal no significant racial component to police shootings. Black officers are far more likely to fire their guns at black citizens than are white officers.

The Obama administration’s tendency to see discrimination in so many crevices and corners of American life has created a new standard for what constitutes racism, as demonstrated by Minnesota governor Mark Dayton’s remarks in the wake of the tragic shooting of a black man, Philando Castile, by police in suburban Minneapolis last week. Implying that race played a role in the killing of Castile, who was legally licensed to carry a firearm, Dayton said that he doubted the shooting would have occurred if Castile had been white. But while the horrific video, taken by Castile’s girlfriend in the immediate aftermath of his shooting, shows that the officer was highly agitated, and the woman claims that the cop overreacted in firing on Castile, there is nothing in the video that is overly racist, and there is no reason to conclude that the outcome would have been different if Castile had been of another race. In America today, however, when a black man is killed by an officer of another color, that fact alone is prima facie evidence for some people that the killing was racially motivated.  (Marc:  Apparently she lied, the deceased did NOT have a CCP, and apparently his gun was out)

Perhaps the most damning evidence against the president and his administration is that in the last four years alone, the percentage of Americans who believe racism is on the rise has nearly doubled. That sharp increase has come even amid little evidence that verified incidents of racism are on the rise. Indeed, efforts by the media to document a significant increase in police shootings of minorities have yielded little. New York City data, for instance, show that the number of times that police discharge their weapons every year has been declining for decades. And a close analysis of a Washington Postdatabase on current shootings by police across America, which describes them in detail, reveals that many were justified.

It’s difficult now to ignore the role that President Obama has played in our growing racial divisions. Elected on themes of hope and renewal, his very ascendancy a powerful statement about the country’s racial journey, he chose to use the White House as a vehicle to introduce a new era of racial grievance into our national discourse. Unfortunately, he succeeded in this effort—and failed America.
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